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NATURAL HISTORY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What are little boys made of, made of?
Last Line: That's what young women are made of.
Variant Title(s): What Are Folks Made Of
Subject(s): Children; Mothers; Childhood


WHAT are little boys made of, made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of, made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And all things nice,
That's what little girls are made of.

What are young men made of, made of?
What are young men made of?
Sighs and leers
And crocodile tears,
That's what young men are made of.

What are young women made of, made of?
What are young women made of?
Ribbons and laces
And sweet pretty faces,
That's what young women are made of.







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